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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Oct 29, 2010 11:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What Is So Spectacular About '77?

- Tight band
- Having fun
- Jerry still in good voice
- Donna starting to blend well
- Great boards
- A few legendary, well-circulated shows
- Peggy 0
- Supplication
- Dancin (I like it anyway)
- Half Step
- Comes a Time
- Killer versions of Estimated at almost every show
- Surprisingly great versions of classic songs like Stella
- Almost no "bad" shows

All that said, I find that I don't listen to 77 very often. Go figure.

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Oct 29, 2010 12:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What Is So Spectacular About '77?

"Almost no 'bad' shows"

Another good point. While it is not in my top 2-3 preferred years, it is arguably the most consistent year the Grateful Dead ever had, and could only be seriously challenged in that regard by 1972 IMO. Other great years have their share of wipe-outs (my favorite year of 1970 has a couple or three real train wrecks), but there's no show I can think of from '77 where you listen for a while and go "Man, they really stunk up the joint that night!"

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Oct 29, 2010 3:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What Is So Spectacular About '77?

As boring as the music from 1977 can be, the fact that the pool of everyone's favorite performances is so large/diverse, is another testament to the greatness of the year.

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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Oct 30, 2010 7:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What Is So Spectacular About '77?

By playing it soooo safe and not taking any musical 'risks' to speak of, the chance of a train wreck is greatly reduced.

This post was modified by duckpond74 on 2010-10-30 14:08:05

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Poster: wineland Date: Oct 29, 2010 3:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What Is So Spectacular About '77?

A 76/77 Comes a Time can bring me to my knees.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Oct 29, 2010 12:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What Is So Spectacular About '77?

"Great boards"

Excellent point!

I think the near perfect sound quality and mixing of so many of these shows, that have circulated for so long (due in no small part to Betty Cantor), plays a large part in the fine reputation of this year.

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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Oct 29, 2010 12:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What Is So Spectacular About '77?

I agree. With the easy universal access to these clean recordings, familiarity begets fondness.

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